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Opinion: Boeing 777X delay could offer an active retirement opportunity to Airbus A380

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PARIS, FRANCE — The Airbus A380, once thought to be a failed venture, may have a new lease on life. In 2019, Airbus announced the discontinuation of production for its double-decked iconic aircraft, as it failed to meet sales expectations in the face of competition from Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and Airbus' own A350 - the new generation twin-engine jets known for their fuel efficiency. (www.airlinerwatch.com) More...

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musephoto
Geoff Rowe 14
Well darn, I’ve been saying for a very long time that short sighted airlines will regret cancelling to big “4’s” and I think that time is almost here. Too bad that Airbus and Boeing won’t be able to restart the 747-8 and A380 production lines.

Or can they?
andyden10
Andrew Bain 10
a380 are great aircraft to fly in have flown both business and economy emirates do not think there dinosaurs changing 55% of there 380s to 4 seating grades now with premium seats.
KitBagJack
KitBagJack 4
Andrew: I think you meant, “ride in”.
ianbtv
Ian Campbell 3
not to mention 'they're' vs. 'there' smh
raynetherwood
ray netherwood 4
I’ve flown Lufthansa 380’s in both First and Business. It’s an amazing plane. It’s amazing (sad) that when engineered, the design failed to plan for an afterlife as a cargo carrier.
ianbtv
Ian Campbell 0
Deck strength/weight penalties aside, I believe that it was designed >too< big ... looks good to the (untrained) eye but offers little more than cush for the tush ...
df1sp
HP Baumeister 1
Explain
ianbtv
Ian Campbell 1
Route analysis and economics determine business decisions. As much as I loathe a gas-guzzler (wheeled or winged), a paid-off premium-price vehicle is a waste to shelve if it can be used effectively. So yes, bring the fat broad out of retirement until fuel/CO2 merits an upgrade
ianbtv
Ian Campbell 1
Route analysis and economics determine business decisions. As much as I loathe a gas-guzzler (wheeled or winged), a paid-off premium-price vehicle is a waste to shelve if it can be used effectively. So yes, bring the fat broad out of retirement until fuel/CO2 merits an upgrade
whip5209
Ken McIntyre -9
Dream on. The A380 is now a dinosaur. Wide body twins are the future.
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 22
There are still plenty of A380s airborne at this very moment. It's not the right aircraft for every route, but for high-volume intercontinental ones, they can make sense.

https://flightaware.com/live/aircrafttype/A388
greerbk
Greer Kemp 11
I wouldn't call it a dinosaur at all - most of the people I know living as expats in Asia have flown in them and love the experience. The fact is that for anyone coming to Asia from western countries, it's a flight of at least 8 hours or more, and the large aircraft somehow feels more appropriate.

Franky16
Franky16 4
Sure - but the article implies that they are flying again to plug the gaps until the wide bodys finally arrive...
whip5209
Ken McIntyre 1
That was my point.
n7777r
Derek Vaughn 1
Emirates will have an active fleet of 119 of them alone.

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